Boyle Heights Museum

CASA 0101 Theater will house the Boyle Heights Museum in the Jean Deleage Gallery beginning with its first exhibition about the Mexican Repatriation titled: Aqui Estamos Y No Nos Vamos (We Are Here and We Won’t Leave):  Fighting Mexican Removal of the 1930s.

Opening Reception: October 1, 2017 | 1:00 pm
The exhibit can be viewed Monday through Thursday 10 am to 6 pm, Friday 10 – 10 pm, Saturday 7 to 10 pm, Sunday, 4 to 7 pm. All other times by appointment only.

Closing: December 3, 2017

Gallery is free and open to the public during our office hours: Mon – Fri 10am-10pm, Sat 7-10pm, Sun 4-7pm

Aqui Estamos Y No Nos Vamos (We Are Here and We Won’t Leave): Fighting Mexican Removal of the 1930s highlights when Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans in Boyle Heights fought against their removal to make way for ‘progress’ in the 1930s in Los Angeles.

Dr. George Sanchez will be discussing the repatriation period in Los Angeles and its effects on the Boyle Heights community. There will be a special presentation honoring the work of Dr. Francisco Balderrama, for his scholarship on 20th Century Mexicans in the United States, specifically with his work on the repatriation period in Los Angeles. A reception will follow

Curated by Dr. George Sanchez, Co-Curated by Jimmy Centeno and Dr. Priscilla Leiva, Michelle Vasquez, Yesenia Navarrete Hunter, Brittany Aquino, Yaneiry Barrios, Matthew Carrera, Alejandra Franco, Karla Hernandez, Karen Kwon, Kathy Pulupa, Savannah Robinson, Ivonne Rodriguez, and Samantha Sanchez.


The Boyle Heights Online Museum is an interactive platform dedicated to sharing the rich history of the Boyle Heights community. Information on each historical and cultural exhibit is available on the online platform. Learn about the history of Boyle Heights and share your own story on the interactive site. You can access community stories, educational materials, and public programming at The online grand opening is scheduled for September 22, 2017.

For specific questions please email: [email protected]

About the Curator

GEORGE J. SANCHEZ is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity, and History at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900-1945 (Oxford, 1993), co-editor of Los Angeles and the Future of Urban Cultures (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005) and Civic Engagement in the Wake of Katrina (University of Michigan Press, 2009), and author of “’What’s Good for Boyle Heights is Good for the Jews’: Creating Multiracialism on the Eastside During the 1950s,” American Quarterly 56:3 (September 2004). His academic work focuses on both historical and contemporary topics of race, gender, ethnicity, labor, and immigration, and he is currently working on a historical study of the ethnic interaction of Mexican Americans, Japanese Americans, African Americans, and Jews in the Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles, California in the twentieth century.


There will be exhibits at the Jean Deleage Gallery happening every five to six months. The next exhibit scheduled March 1st will focus on the 50th Anniversary of the Walk Outs which will coincide with a theater show called Chicanas, Cholas & Chisme: The Blow Outs – commemorating this historic event as well as acknowledging the contributions of Chicanas in this historical event. A play titled Remember Boyle Heights written by Josefina Lopez will celebrate Boyle Heights immigrant histories by dramatizing real life stories that celebrate the multi-culturalism in Boyle Heights before World War II. This play will be presented next year at CASA 0101 Theater’s mainstage. The ultimate goal is to eventually raise awareness, interest and the funds to purchase a building that will permanently house the Boyle Heights Museum so that it can exist as its own separate organization. Future exhibits will be about the lynching of Mexicans in the Southwest, the Zoot Suit Riots and the election of Councilman Roybal who eventually challenged the housing covenants not allowing minorities to live west of the L.A. River.